A cookbook for a cause

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It might have been a dreary day on the links yesterday, but 200-plus women braved the rain at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach to celebrate both a new cookbook and wonderful pediatric care.

Barbara Nicklaus and daughter Nan O’Leary (pictured, Jim Mandeville/The Nicklaus Companies) published “Well Done! Life, Love & Food,” full of easy and yummy recipes from the Nicklaus family. The inaugural Golden Heart luncheon benefitted the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, and it was also an opportunity to hear from Barbara and Nan about their families and their love of cooking.

“We gathered all the recipes, and it took a while, and when we were finished, we put them all on a floppy disk!” said Nan, introducing the book with her mother. “That’s how long ago we started this project.”

“I’m glad they finished it in this century,” said her father, Jack, who showed up briefly to say hello to the crowd. “But I thought they were going to finish it in the last century,” he said as laughter swept the room.

“We had four boys who eat a lot,” said Barbara, “and a daughter who didn’t eat so much, so I cooked a lot.” “When we were first married,” said Jack, “she couldn’t boil water.”

The recipes are interspersed with family photos, and they start with Barbara’s mother’s Recipe for Living. This explains why hers could be regarded as the First Family of Golf. Friendly words, understanding and warm personality are some of the recipe ingredients, and they’re every bit as important as the salt, sugar and flour in others.

The menu included whole-wheat muffins (our table asked for seconds), curried pumpkin soup (a Nicklaus Thanksgiving staple, said Nan), chicken salad with bean sprouts and asparagus bundle marinated with sweet and sour dressing (pictured, Lynn Kalber) and a glorified brownie sundae with Jack Nicklaus homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. The wine served was Jack Nicklaus house red (cabernet sauvignon) and house white (chardonnay). Both were nice wines, and the chardonnay went beautifully with the chicken salad.

You can buy the cookbook on the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation website for $44.95 or at The Back Porch in North Palm Beach.